Mostly mountains of volcanic origin Elevation extremes: lowest point: Pacific
Ocean 0 m highest point: Tomanivi 1,324 m
Timber, fish, gold, copper, offshore oil potential, hydropower
Arable land: 10% permanent crops: 4% permanent pastures: 10% forests and
woodland: 65% other: 11% (1999 est.) Irrigated land: 10 sq km (1999 est.)
the 180th meridian, which marks the course of the international dateline,
Fiji is exactly 12 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time, 16 hours ahead of
New York, 3 hours ahead of Tokyo, and two hours ahead of Sydney.
climate is maritime tropical. Expect daytime temperatures ranging from 28
to 32 degrees Centigrade in the cooler season from May to November and warmer
weather with temperatures a few degrees higher from December through April.
The warmer weather also brings more rainfall, which usually takes the form
of passing tropical showers.
population of Fiji is currently around 800,000 in a ratio of about 50 percent
native Fijian to 46% of Indian origin. The remaining balance is Chinese,
Europeans, and other Pacific Islanders.
is the official language of Fiji and is taught in the schools. Widely spoken
are native Fijian dialects and Hindistani.
visa and health requirements are subject to change without notice, we recommend
that passengers verify existing foreign visa and health regulations prior
valid passport for at least three months beyond the intended period of stay
and a ticket for onward travel is required as well as sufficient funds.
Visas are granted on arrival for a stay of 30 days for citizens of Commonwealth
countries and nationals of: Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Chile,
Columbia, Denmark, Ecuador, Germany, Finland, France, Greece, Iceland, Indonesia,
Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Lesotho, Luxembourg, Mauritius,
Mexico, Nauru, Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines,
South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Tonga, Tunisia,
Turkey, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, W.Samoa. Nationals of other countries
require prearranged visas. Visas may be extended for up to six months on
application to the Department of Immigration in Suva, Lautoka and Nadi.
fever and Cholera vaccinations are only required if coming from an infected
to Fiji are required to pay FD$ 20 departure tax in Fijian currency following
electrical current in Fiji is 240 volts AC 50 HZ. Fiji has three pin power
outlets identical to that in Australia and New Zealand. If your appliances
are 110V check for a 110/240V switch; if there is none you will need a voltage
converter. Leading hotels and resorts generally offer universal outlets
of 240V or 110V shavers, hair dryer's etc.
is not encouraged in Fiji and it is left to the individual to determine
whether to make a gratuity.
in Fiji can be divided into a number of categories and appeals to different
tastes. There is deep-sea game or sport fishing for such renowned game fish
as Marlin, Sailfish, Yellowfin, Dog-Tooth Tuna, Shark, Wahoo, Giant Trevally
and Mahi-Mahi (Dolphin fish). There is also fishing for ground fish which
the whole family can enjoy in the shelter of the lagoon, and there is fishing
from the shore, where the true angler casts his lure among patches of coral
to hook such varieties as the powerful tropical Trevalleys, Barracuda, Queenfish,
Coral Trout and the Spanish Mackerel.
not hyperbole to state that Fiji has some of the best diving in the world.
Notably, the variety of soft coral is astounding. Fed by the rich nutrients
streaming up from the Tongan Trench and influenced by several major rivers,
the reef eco-system in the Fiji Islands is noted for its complex nature.
Whereas, the Great Barrier Reef has a greater total diversity, mile for
mile, it doesn't change very much. In Fiji, however, all you have to do
is swim a few meters and likely as not you'll see any number of hard and
soft corals, Sea Fans, dense schools of Fairy Basslets, and a few meters
out it's not unusual to see schools of Barracuda. Other large creatures
that can be seen include also Turtle, Dolphin, Mantas, and a wide variety